Fotografía TRANSVERSAL

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August 13 to September 19 2015




Ananké Asseff – Sergio Bartelsman – Nicolás Cárdenas – Juanita Carrasco – Antonio Castles – Samuel Chambi – Sebastían Dávila – Adriana Duque – Juan Pablo Echeverri – Richard Emblin – María Elvira Escallón – Santiago Forero – Germán Gómez – Laura González – Ramón Laserna – Marcos López – Alejandro Mancera – Sebastián Mejía – Gian Paolo Minelli – Fernando Montiel – Vik Muniz – Vicky Neumann – Marta María Pérez Bravo – Mateo Pérez – Alejandro Sánchez – Nicolas Sanin – Oscar Santillan – Andrés Sierra – Silvana Unigarro – Esteban Valencia – Javier Vanegas – María Luisa Vélez.

 
About 110 years ago, traveler and visionary George Eastman, founder of the Kodak Company, realized the importance of making the camera a practical and versatile device for everyone. With its product, the Brownie Camera, and the slogan “You press the button, we do the rest”, Eastman summarized what could be considered as the great-great-grandfather of Instagram. Since its inception, photography has been a medium subject to numerous attempts at privatization and monopolization, but unfortunately for some and fortunately for the world, its ease and practicality have naturally made it a part of our lives.

 
The exhibition entitled Fotografía Transversal [Transverse Photography] questions the relevance of photography in the digital era, where the democratization of the photographic device has changed the way visual artists and contemporary photographers produce and generate meaning from their images. The evolution of the photographic medium, with new forms of production such as smartphones, tablets, webcams, scanners, googlegrams, screenshots, satellite photographs, security cameras, Google glass and virtual reality processors has resulted in the replacement of the physical expression of photography by code, jeopardizing the much talked about “decisive moment” that was repeatedly proclaimed in the twentieth century as a badge of authenticity and reliable accuracy in modern photography. Today we are witnessing an era where all viewers have become both producers and consumers of images, neglecting the traditional contemplative and revealing act of photography.

 
The exhibition brings together different approaches to the photographic medium, where production and research on photographic capture involves a connection with different artistic practices such as painting, collage, video, sculpture and drawing, all this without ignoring the ontological nature which makes photography a footprint of light. Each of the works in the exhibition reflects on the relevance of taking pictures of an age where it could be easily said that there is a photographic pandemic, a ubiquitous environment where there are pictures all over the world, apparently capturing everything all the time.

 
To conclude, an example taken from the documentary Side by Side (Christopher Kenneally, 2012), which could be paraphrased as follows: all your life, you, dear reader, have had a piece of paper and a pencil within reach; however this did not make you a Shakespeare or a Picasso. The same is true today in the digital age; we all have a camera within reach, but this does not necessarily make us world-famous photographers … or does it?

 

Javier Vanegas
Curator

Works

Ananké Assef

Sergio Bartelsman

Nicolas Cárdenas

Juanita Carrasco

Antonio Castles

Samuel Chambi

Sebastián Dávila

Adriana Duque

Juan Pablo Echeverri

Richard Emblin

Maria Elvira Escallón

Santiago Forero

Germán Gómez

Laura González

Ramón Laserna

Marcos López

Alejandro Mancera

Sebastián Mejia

Gian Paolo Minelli

Fernando Montiel

Vik Muniz

Vicky Neumann

Marta María Pérez Bravo

Mateo Pérez

Alejandro Sanchez

Nicolas Sanin

Oscar Santillan

Andres Sierra

Silvana Unigarro

Esteban Valencia

Javier Vanegas

María Luisa Velez

 

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